Dover’s Kayla Miller leaps over Northeastern goalie Brenna Schroter after Schroter made a save.
Dover's Kayla Miller leaps over Northeastern goalie Brenna Schroter after Schroter made a save. (BIL BOWDEN -- For The York Dispatch)

The Dover girls' soccer team won Thursday night for Maddie Hill.

Hill, who played as a sophomore last season, was diagnosed with leukemia in the middle of August and isn't competing while undergoing chemotherapy. Her teammates are using Hill's fight as inspiration.

"She never gives up," Eagles senior Maxine Herman said. "She's a fighter. We definitely fight for her. That's definitely what we're going to do for the rest of the season, fight for Maddie."

The Eagles faced a decidedly less serious battle than Hill's on Thursday, but still had a challenge in Northeastern. But Herman's goal 48 seconds into overtime sealed their 2-1 win at Susquehannock High School and netted them their second consecutive York-Adams League Tournament championship.

The win came after a frustrating night. The Eagles (19-0) had 28 shots but only scored twice.

You could hear the disappointment in Herman's voice.

"It was, 'ugh,'" the midfielder said. "That's something difficult. Getting it in the back of the net -- I don't know how many times. Oh, my gosh. Just the corners and down low."

Northeastern (14-4) got the first goal when Coryn Moyer scored off a Sam Christine corner kick with 28:05 left in the first half. It was just the 11th goal the Eagles have allowed this season.

Maddy Miller evened the score on a corner kick that sliced into the net two minutes later.


Neither team scored again in regulation. Herman notched the game-winning goal in the first overtime period after she collected a loose ball, turned to her right and nailed it into the right corner of the goal.

It was one of just two mistakes by Bobcats goalie Brenna Schroter, whose 20-save performance drew praise from Eagles coach Bret Altimore.

"Phenomenal," he said. "Remarkable. Their goalkeeper was fantastic tonight."

Dover’s Maxine Herman, left, outmaneuvers Northeastern’s Sawyer Patrick.
Dover's Maxine Herman, left, outmaneuvers Northeastern's Sawyer Patrick. (BIL BOWDEN -- For The York Dispatch)

The two teams meet Tuesday in the first round of the District 3-AAA playoffs. The fifth-seeded Eagles will play host to No. 12 Northeastern, a team it has now beaten three times this year. Each game, however, has gotten progressively closer.

Bobcats coach Diana Collier sees a lot of positives to draw upon from Thursday, despite the loss.

"(I like) how well our changes worked," she said. "If they can only get one goal in 80 minutes, guess what, they're going to see it again. We don't have to make very many changes. All we have to do is put the ball in the back of the net more than once, and we're in great shape. We're looking forward to it."

But that's something Altimore will speak to his team about. The Eagles managed to place constant pressure on the Bobcats' defense Thursday -- and also outscored them 10-2 in two regular-season games -- but he's disappointed.

"I think we had a lot of possessions and a lot of opportunities that maybe we'd like to get back," he said. "Maybe nerves were a part of it. We didn't put the ball in the net. Possession doesn't win you games. It's definitely something we need to revisit."

-- Reach Daniel Paulling at sports@yorkdis